Indeed she is. My friend Kath Elliott (below) is the poster girl (literally) for this year’s Breast Cancer Network Pink Bun campaign. She discovered a lump last winter and was lucky to get it looked at straight away and after chemo, surgery and radiation over the past year – she has made a full recovery with the support of her gorgeous family who also feature in the posters you’ll see in and around Kew and all Baker’s Delight stores where you can buy the charity buns on their own or in 6-packs. The biggest learning for me is that breast cancer often develops in people with no history of it in their family – it’s not necessarily hereditary.
On the topic of baked goods, the highlight of my week as a moonchild was finding out Lune Croissanterie were delivering to our postcode and placing an order for delivery on Friday. While the pain au chocolat and ham and gruyere croissants were very good – Lune’s signature almond croissants were the best I’ve ever had – light, flaky and super crispy at the same time and worthy of the adulation. No doubt I will be going on a run later today to burn off some calories!
It has been a pretty downcast week – my colleagues and I have been pretty flat and the weather hasn’t helped. It has definitely been a long haul and it’s not over yet – somehow we collectively need to see through these final difficult weeks and I know it’s been hard for even the strongest of us to keep going – everyone’s mental health has taken a hit.
I am a strong believer in taking action to address worry. You may be interested in La Trobe’s upcoming Ideas and Society lecture on COVID-19 and the mental health of Australians being held on Wednesday 21 October with a stellar lineup of panelists including Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Professor Michael Kyrios and La Trobe’s Professor Jennifer McIntosh AM.
If you are a small business owner you may also be interested in Primed to Thrive – the second round of La Trobe’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program to help small business adapt and innovate funded by Business Victoria and in partnership with Investible – a leading early-stage investment group and experts in entrepreneurial development. Applications for this round close tomorrow. I’m also on a new steering committee at work looking at the formation of a consulting club in partnership with industry promoting consulting as a career to students, who will need to pivot their careers in any way they can.
I was happy that the federal budget places young people front and centre as it’s been long overdue but terribly disappointed at the lack of support for women who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic in so many ways. If we don’t have women to advocate for us in government, we become second class citizens and I agree with the sentiments of this Age article by Wendy Tuohy ‘Triple Whammy: Budget overlooked women when they needed it the most‘ published today. I’ve become increasingly more politically-minded as I’ve got older and it’s encouraging, at least, to see more diversity in this year’s local council elections. Without structural change and representation, things will never change – we have to be the change that makes things happen and we also need men to support us.
On a lighter note, it’s been lovely to see some life breathed into the city with Craft Victoria’s Craft poster gallery – a series of celebrated craft artists on posters featured on the streets of Melbourne throughout October. While I never made it to the Benaki museum while in Athens two years ago, it’s been exciting to hear that the Hellenic Museum (located in the former Royal Mint building) is trying to rally support for a satellite arm in the old Land Titles Office building in the city – it will be a major coup for Melbourne if it happens and it was also great to see hipsterville…oops sorry make that Yarraville, in Time Out’s 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world coming in at number 5.